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Featured Reads: Week of 4/3

April 3, 2017
The Riveted Team
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Happy Monday!

This week on Riveted, whatever you’re in the mood—romance, contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi—we’ve got you covered! First up, we’re featuring an extended excerpt of Alex, Approximately, the new YA novel from Jenn Bennett on sale tomorrow (4/4)! In this teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, Bailey Rydell comes to realize that the one guy she can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams. You may recall Alex, Approximately from last June when we held a poll for fans to vote on one of two cover options as part of Barnes & Noble’s B-Fest (you can still see the two cover options here — in hindsight, we’re glad the vote turned out the way it did).

We’ve also got extended excerpts of two great contemporary YA novels coming out in paperback this week! From Morgan Matson, we have The Unexpected Everything, a story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys of life that happen while you’re busy making other plans; and from Deb Caletti, we have Essential Maps for the Lost, about the grief that can tear us apart and the people who can make us whole again. Actually, we have a double-dose of Deb Caletti, because in addition to the extended excerpt of Essential Maps for the Lost, we’re ALSO featuring a full read of Deb’s The Last Forever, her bittersweet novel about first love and loss.

For a bit of a change of pace, this week we’re also featuring a full read of the first book in Richard Paul Evans’s Michael Vey series, Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25! This action-packed book series following Michael Vey—a fourteen-year-old who has Tourette’s syndrome…and electric powers—will be coming to a conclusion this September with the as-yet-unnamed seventh and final book. Over the course of the series, Richard Paul Evans has been building up a legion of fans so if you’re not familiar with the name Michael Vey, now might be a good to time to get acquainted!

Finally, we’ve brought out another Riveted favorite as a featured full read: Zombies Vs. Unicorns! This anthology of short stories explores the question, “which is better, the zombie or the unicorn?” and features a slew of amazing and well-known YA authors (Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, and Scott Westerfeld, to name a few) making arguments for both sides in a series of spectacular short stories.

Of course, those are only the reads that are NEW for this week, we STILL have last week’s reads available for a few more days! From Emma Harrison, we have a full read of Escaping Perfect and an extended excerpt of Finding What’s Real; from Cassandra Clare, we have a full read of City of Bones, in honor of it’s recent ten-year anniversary; and from Lisa M. Stasse, we have a full read of The Forsaken, the first book in her dystopian Forsaken trilogy.

Find out more about this week’s reads:

Alex, Approximatelyby Jenn Bennett

In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

EXTENDED EXCERPT — READ IT NOW >

The Unexpected Everythingby Morgan Matson

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone comes a feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans.

EXTENDED EXCERPT — READ IT NOW >

Essential Maps for the Lostby Deb Caletti

From beloved author and National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti comes a fresh and luminous novel about the grief that can tear us apart and the people who can make us whole again.

EXTENDED EXCERPT — READ IT NOW >

The Last Foreverby Deb Caletti

Beginnings and endings overlap in this “surprising story about love, loss, and putting down roots” (Booklist, starred review) from National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti.

FULL BOOK — READ IT NOW >

Michael Veyby Richard Paul Evans

#1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans introduces a character whose risk-filled exploration marks the beginning of a riveting new series. With only his powers, his wits, and his friends to protect him, Michael will need all his strength to survive….

FULL BOOK — READ IT NOW >

Zombies vs. Unicornsby Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier

It’s the epic battle of brains against manes. Which side are you on? This all-original anthology edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie) makes strong arguments for both sides in the form of spectacular short stories.

FULL BOOK — READ IT NOW >

Finding What’s Realby Emma Harrison

Cecelia Montgomery returns after running away to deal with the downside of her newfound fame—and her mother’s Presidential campaign—in the sequel to Escaping Perfect.

EXTENDED EXCERPT — READ IT NOW >

Escaping Perfectby Emma Harrison

Gone Girl meets the TV show Nashville in this sultry summer read about a girl who runs away from her high-profile past to live the normal life she’s always wanted.

FULL BOOK — READ IT NOW >

City of Bonesby Cassandra Clare

Today (3/27) marks the TENTH anniversary of City of Bones! Discover the world of the Shadowhunters in the first installment of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly)!

FULL BOOK — READ IT NOW >

The Forsakenby Lisa M. Stasse

Filled with thrilling adventure and romance, The Forsaken is praised by EntertainmentWeekly.com as “a fast-paced novel [that] you’ll get sucked into. You just can’t seem to put [it] down.”

FULL BOOK — READ IT NOW >

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